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ROG Claymore Keyboard (Cherry MX Red Switches) Review

ROG Claymore Keyboard (Cherry MX Red Switches) Review

ROG Claymore Keyboard (Cherry MX Red Switches) Review

As a huge fan of mechanical keyboards, I was looking forward to getting my hands on ROG’s latest offering, the Claymore. The sleek design, modular approach to the numpad/macro keys, and the theming of weaponry (the keyboard is named the Claymore, typically referring to a giant Scottish two-handed sword, and the software is called ROG Armoury) all enticed me to give the Claymore a try.


The ROG Claymore – In Review

There’s no denying that the ROG Claymore is a beautiful keyboard. The chassis is a polished aluminium build, with a very stylish Mayan-inspired patterned finish.  The keys are finished with a smooth rubber, and the most notable features of the keys are their RGB lights – a beautiful display – and the secondary descriptions written on the front sides of several of the keys.
For example, the 1-5 keys each have a roman numeral (I,II,III,IV,V) on them, which suggests a great focus on MMO gamers, who typically use the number keys for various skill usage. It’s a cool and useful feature, one of those minor touches that stands out from other keyboards.

The number keypad is optional on this keyboard, and can be quickly attached to either end of the keyboard to also be used as a macro pad, simply by sliding the pad up and out of the slots (shown below).

You’ll find ROG branding on the front of the spacebar and the logo below that, displayed with RGB lighting.

I enjoyed other little touches such as the rubber covers for the keypad connectors when not in use, the oversized volume wheel on the num keypad, as well as the removable power cable (a huge plus) having a little slot for a snug fit into the keyboard. There’s also a feature called ROG SYNC, which allows the user to sync the lighting between their ROG Claymore keyboard and ROG Spatha mouse, a nice little touch if you’re an ROG fan.

What Comes In The Box?

The packaging is very well done with the ROG Claymore, coming in a well-designed and informative sleeve. Sliding the sleeve off reveals a hard-foam casing, where you’ll find the keyboard, numpad and wiring housed in velvet bags – a nice touch. You’ll also find a quick-start guide, other materials, and two nice high-quality logo stickers for those of us who enjoy showing off what we’ve got.

The packaging is nothing especially notable in relation to other keyboards we’ve looked at, but it’s done very well and represents the quality of a keyboard in this price range.


The Numbers:

Price: £140-£160 (as of publishing)
Key Switches: Cherry MX Red RGB
Connection: USB
Backlighting: Per-key RGB LEDs
Anti-Ghosting: N-key Rollover
Polling Rate: 1000Hz
Macros: All-keys programmable, On-the-fly recording
Cable: 1.8m braided cable (detachable), USB to micro-USB.
Dimensions: 45cm x 14.5cm x 4.5cm
Weight: 888g (without cable)
OS Support: Windows 7, 8.1, 10


ROG Armoury – The Software


The software reflects the keyboard in its relative simplicity and focus on using the device. As you’ll see in the shots in this section, it’s a very simple-to-understand interface. There are three sections, with the ‘Keyboard’ section having two sub-sections, namely customization and lighting.

I found the software very easy to navigate and understand. Creating and recording macros was a painless process, something I’ve found otherwise with other similar devices. The lighting options are very similar to what you’ll find on almost any RGB keyboard, but the choice is still pleasing to find, with options ranging from breathing and waves, to reactive and completely custom lighting setups.

Overall, a decent piece of software.


What Is The ROG Claymore Like To Use?

So, what’s the ROG Claymore like to use? The big question.

As someone whose been using Corsair mechanical keyboards for the past few years, I found it easy to transfer. Admittedly, it does feel like the key travel depth on the ROG Claymore was deeper than my own keyboard (the K95 RGB) which meant I was missing some keystrokes due to my shallow pressing. The keys on my review sample were reds, the same as I typically use, which made the switch much easier. The Claymore does come with offerings of blue, black, brown and red switches, a variety for any user’s desires.

I always enjoy setting up custom lighting and my usual macros (cut, copy and paste are essential one-key presses for a writer), and the Claymore allowed me to set up and enjoy playing around within minutes.
The software was easy to find and download, and there were no sticking issues I found in the process of getting it set up.

The biggest drawback I found while using the keyboard was the lack of a wrist-rest – something I appreciate when writing for long hours. The lack of the wrist-rest resulted in a keyboard that felt quite high when coupled with the deep key-presses I had to adjust to.

I’d like to have seen a rest included, but for many people, that won’t be an issue.


The Conclusion On The ROG Claymore

Overall, I enjoyed using the Claymore. It’s a beautiful piece of hardware, with the eye-catching Mayan designs on the chassis and striking RGB lighting. The stand-out features for me were the removable keypad and the additional key markings which were surprisingly helpful.
The removeable pad is something I’d appreciate on my own keyboard, as I find myself often shifting my K95 back and forth across my table, not unlike a typewriter, as I switch between gaming and typing; the additional macros and numpad make for a very lengthy keyboard. Compare that to the Claymore, where I can adapt it to my needs, and you can consider me pleasantly impressed.

The Claymore is certainly a high-quality keyboard, and it feels like the designers have thought carefully about who is going to use their keyboard and crafted it to appeal even more to those people. All in all, a keyboard I can recommend confidently to any gamer or power user looking for a little flair on their desk.


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